Thanks to the media, for years the typical male stereotype involved a muscular he-man who is not afraid of anything and can withstand stab wounds, gunshots and blows from any obstacle in his way. Perhaps too many men believe the hype as the results of a recent online poll have shown that men are less likely to visit the dentist than their female counterparts.
The survey was conducted by the conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the 289 respondents were comprised of general dentists and consumers. Their responses indicated:
- 45 percent of indicated that men do not need regular dental check ups
- 30 percent believed fear or embarrassment prevented men from getting the dental care they needed
- 18 percent thought men just do not have the time for a dental visit
- 5 percent thought most men did not even have a regular dentist
If you are made up of XY chromosomes, then the choice of dental avoidance may negatively impact your bottom line. As it turns out, men who avoid the dentist now will end up paying more money in the long run. A recent study by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association indicates that paying for an ounce of prevention makes far more economic sense than paying for a pound of cure as the early diagnosis and remedy of dental problems could result in a total savings of $4 billion annually. According to a recently published report “The study estimated that $8 to $50 could be saved on restorative and emergency dental care procedures for every dollar spent on preventive dental care like regular checkups and cleanings.”
If you have been avoiding visiting a dentist, now is the time to man up as a dental plan can help make the task affordable. There are plenty of reasons why maintaining your smile is important. Whether you are looking for a new job or a new mate, the guys with healthy looking smiles will always have an edge over the competition.